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Before the Lark
Irene Bennett Brown
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Before the Lark

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In the 1880's, hard-working twelve-year-old Jocey, tormented because of a disfiguring harelip, takes her invalid grandmother to live on the Kansas farm her drifter father has abandoned.
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Atheneum Books
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Apr 12, 2012 Jo Butler rated it really liked it
Born in 1876, Jocelyn Belle Royal lives with problems that few modern American children can imagine, and emotions that resonate today. Her mother died and her father drifted out of her life, so the girl lives with, and labors for, her washerwoman grandmother in Kansas City, Missouri. Jocey was born with a cleft lip; a flaw which can easily be repaired now, but in 1888 she can only endure feeling that her appearance repels everyone around her. She drops out of school before she was twelve because ...more
May 12, 2010 K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little story about a girl born with a harelip in the slums of Kansas City--and how she survives. In her desire to get away from the humanity who hurts her so much, she drags her invalid grandmother to her father's (he's missing) farm in Kansas and just digs right in and begins farming.

She's an incredibly hard worker and has a lot of drive to make her little farm go. She also learns that not everyone will hate her because of her deformity. Those are the things that make the book special.

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Classic Bennett Brown! Ending was predictable, but I liked the story line. A little slow in some parts, but a delightful story.
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This was one of the very first books I can remember reading....pretty much sealed my fate as an avid reader. I have never forgotten the courage that this girl showed. Great book!!!
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I was born in Topeka, Kansas but from the age of nine, Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been home. As a child in one-room schools where I was often the only student in my class, I read, reread, and lived vicariously books like HEIDI, CADDIE WOODLAWN, MAMA’S BANK ACCOUNT, and LITTLE WOMEN. Jo in LITTLE WOMEN and Katrin in MAMA’S BANK ACCOUNT, writing away in their dusky attics, fueled my own dream to ...more
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